It’s a sad day to be a jobless millennial. If you listen closely, you can hear the cries of millions of procrastinators, myself included. I guess I always knew this day would come. When you think about it, Netflix is probably losing a shitload of money on hooligans like you and me who are too cheap to dish out $7 for a legit subscription. Especially when you consider the fact that even rich people are desperate enough to steal each other’s logins.
can i borrow anyones HBO go login to watch this new thrones episode please?
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 8, 2015
Judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals have ruled that sharing passwords is now officially considered a criminal act. The case reportedly involved a corporate recruiter who started a competing company with the help of an ex-coworker’s password, which gave him access to his former company’s database. This might be an opportune time for me to state that I fucking hate people who ruin the fun for everyone else.
Even though the majority opinion said that the case was more about trade secrets than password sharing, the decision could assist companies when they inevitably decide to go after users who share their passwords with friends. So while the rule didn’t directly involve your favorite accounts, it can be applied to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and basically every other site that makes life worth living.
I don’t care what the judge ruled. I’m still going to use my brother’s ‘Flix until I’m cold in my grave (or until he figures out why Law and Order SVU keeps popping up on his queue and kicks me off– whichever comes first). I live every day like the Thursday before payday, so hopefully the people at Netflix aren’t going to be huge boner killers by cracking down on OGs like you and me who are ballin’ on a budget.
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